How to hide .app extensions?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by vexorg, May 23, 2012.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    I've found I need to switch on file extensions as it is difficult to see pdf files when docs, excel sheets, jpgs, etc are "printed" as pdf for sending to people. Which is fine as it avoids errors.

    Annoying the app folder now has .app after every app. Ideally I'd only like extensions shown in 'documents' or 'downloads'.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    IIRC you can right-click, Get Info on applications and check/uncheck "Hide Extension."
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    This only works if you haven't chosen the option to "Show all file extensions" in the Finder preferences, which I'm assuming is what the OP has enabled.

    OP, AFAIK you cannot set that preference on a per-folder or file-type basis. You either show all extensions, or you choose per-file (using the method miles01110 described). You can decide whether you'd prefer the annoyance of seeing the .app extensions or have to choose other files and set the visibility of the extension on each one.

  4. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    ok, thank's I'll live with the .app extension
  5. Slinkwyde macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2012
    Why do you convert JPEGs into PDFs for sending to people? JPEG is already a very compatible format that can be opened by many different programs regardless of OS. You might also be losing image quality by doing that.

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